What’s the Difference Between an Individual and Class-Action Lawsuit?

When people suffer serious drug injuries after taking dangerous prescription or over-the-counter medications, they usually aren’t the only ones. That’s because the complications they suffered are liable to happen to anyone, but the manufacturers of the medications either hid their knowledge of that or failed to properly test their products to learn of those dangers.

People who are harmed by medications have two options for getting compensation: they can file individual lawsuits against the manufacturers, or they can join class-action lawsuits. There are pros and cons to both types of lawsuits.

Individual lawsuits can be beneficial because they often result in more money, but their downside is that they’re more time and labor intensive, and they can be more difficult to win. Class-action lawsuits have the benefit of sheer numbers, as thousands of people and multiple law firms may be fighting together against a single pharmaceutical company. The downside to these lawsuits is that the payouts are often much less for each victim.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers help victims pursue compensation through both types of lawsuits. When class-action lawsuits haven’t started, or when victims suffer significant damages because of a drug, we’re more likely to pursue individual lawsuits. But when class-action lawsuits are already in progress, or when victims’ injuries are less severe, we’re more likely to take this route.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a drug you trusted to make you feel better, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn which option is right for you and your family.